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Weekly episodes of Ricochet’s flagship podcast feature our hosts James Lileks, Rob Long, Peter Robinson, and guests discussing the issues of the week.Ricochet offers the best, smartest, most interesting conversations on the web. Both for your eyes and your ears.

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Weekly episodes of Ricochet’s flagship podcast feature our hosts James Lileks, Rob Long, Peter Robinson, and guests discussing the issues of the week.Ricochet offers the best, smartest, most interesting conversations on the web. Both for your eyes and your ears.

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With Scott Adams

By Frewithall - Nov 15 2019
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My 2 favorite pod casts in one. Delightful!

Tried & True

By BKeeganG - Nov 10 2019
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Great podcast with rational even keeled analysis, unmatched in podcast land.

iTunes Ratings

611 Ratings
Average Ratings
530
26
17
23
15

With Scott Adams

By Frewithall - Nov 15 2019
Read more
My 2 favorite pod casts in one. Delightful!

Tried & True

By BKeeganG - Nov 10 2019
Read more
Great podcast with rational even keeled analysis, unmatched in podcast land.
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Ricochet Podcast

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Weekly episodes of Ricochet’s flagship podcast feature our hosts James Lileks, Rob Long, Peter Robinson, and guests discussing the issues of the week.Ricochet offers the best, smartest, most interesting conversations on the web. Both for your eyes and your ears.

Rank #1: 468. Why Can’t We Be Friends?

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This week on The Big Show®, we converse about the Kurds, talk about the limits of woke corporatism with David French, and get the low down on Kim Strassel's new book Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters Are Breaking America (buy it!). Also, Ricochet member @doctorrobert wins this week's coveted Lileks Post of The Week for his two (!) posts Why We Need People Who Have 'Too Much Money' and Memories of the Cleveland Orchestra, 10/4/19. Well done, Doc! Finally, can Ellen Degeneres and George W. Bush be friends? Some folks insist that they cannot. Weird. Hey, speaking of friends, don't forget to weigh in on this week's Long Poll as it asks a similar question.

Music from this week's show: Why Can't We Be Friends? by War


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Oct 11 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #2: 454. The Great Debate

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A very busy week to cover on this week's show (even though one of our hosts is already vacation mode -- and we apologize in advance for his sometimes spotty audio). We've got Jonathan V. Last (his Democratic Power Rankings are a must read) to parse both of the Dem debates, and the NY Post's Sohrab Ahmari on the crisis on the border and yes, his criticism of David French and a branch of Conservatism in general. Also, the SCOTUS rulings, and Peter Robinson buys a car.

We're off next week for the holiday. Have a safe and happy one, all!

Music from this week's show: The House I Live In by Sam Cooke


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Jun 28 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #3: 463. Hello Captain Hi

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Here's what we don't discuss on this week's show: not a word about Sharpie markers, maps, or the tracking of certain weather events. Nope, not a word. Here's what we do talk about: The WSJ's Kim Strassel stops by to talk about Comey, Mueller, and an investigation that went far off the rails (P.S. feel free to pre-order her new book, which she will discuss in more detail on the show next month). Then, we debut a couple of new features: first, The Long Poll (we're still working on the name...). Look for it on the top right of the page, vote, and help Rob fulfill his dream of mainstream media mentions from his elite media buddies. Then, say hello to Lileks' Post of The Week, in which James himself selects a member written post for Ricochet Podcast fame and glory. Who wins this week's coveted mention? You'll have to tune in to find out!

Music from this week's episode: Hurricane by Lin Manuel-Miranda from Hamilton


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Sep 06 2019

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Rank #4: 456. The Squad

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Due to some scheduling issues, we're a couple of days early this week but that doesn't mean we're scrimping on the content. James is taking this week off, so Rob and Peter drive the bus themselves (as Peter mentions in the show, do check out James' Twitter feed). We're not scrimping on the guests either: we've got Washington Post chief political correspondent (and former Ricochet podcaster) Bob Costa on The Squad, Nancy, Bernie, 2020, and more. Then, Law Talk co-host John Yoo stops by to discuss the passing of Justice John Paul Stevens, some of the recent SCOTUS rulings, and to call out Rob Long for his many imperfections. Finally, Rob and Peter give some binge TV tips. What are you watching? Tell us in the comments.

Music from this week's show: The Wayfarer by Bruce Springsteen


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Jul 17 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #5: 458. Justice Served

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It's summer and when people go on vacation, we like to mix things up a bit, with James off this week, we called on our friend and fellow podcaster John Yoo to sit in. That was a fortuitous choice as our guest is Mollie Hemingway, former Ricochet editor, Fox News contributor, and co-author the the best selling book  Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court. We get the inside dope (yes, that's the word) on Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and the aftermath and lasting effects. Also, was Ronald Reagan a racist? And is Baltimore really that bad? We ask native son Rob Long for an answer.


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Aug 02 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #6: 466. It Smells Better Here

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Some weeks, we have to hunt hard for topics. Other weeks, well, they rain down like a monsoon. The latter describes this week and to provide an umbrella we've got the Las Vegas Review-Journal's White House correspondent Debra J. Saunders on the political topics (and a bit on San Francisco) and The Skeptical Environmentalist himself, Bjørn Lomborg, who at this moment, is the world's second most famous Scandinavian authority in climate. Also, a new poll question (answer it!) and Lileks make a cameo appearance to award Ricochet member Kevin Creighton the highly coveted Lileks Post of The Week.

Music from this week's show: How Soon Is Now by The Smiths


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Sep 27 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #7: 467. The Elizabethan Era?

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Let's just disclose this right upfront: we had some pretty big technical issues during the production of this show (Skype went down during the Andy McCarthy segment -- Andy is preparing a criminal complaint against them on our behalf) and James Lileks could not get his computer to recognize his mic (he blames a cheap Chinese dongle -- oh, the humanity), so apologies, this is another Lileks-defecient show (kudos to @hangon for winning the Lileks Post of The Week honors for his post The New Energy Economy: An Exercise in Magical Thinking). That said, as previously mentioned, we've got the great Andy McCarthy (you must buy his new book Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency) on all of the legal machinations around impeachment, and political consultant to the stars (and NR contributor) Luke Thompson on why Trump did nothing wrong in his phone call with Zelensky and some expert analysis on the Senate races coming up next fall. Also, Peter Robinson is worried about Liz Warren; and finally, does the window seat control the window shade or should there be darkness throughout the cabin? We hash it out, but tell us your thoughts in the comments. Special note to Ricochet members: don't forget to vote in this week's Long Poll to the right (or below if you're on a mobile device) of this post. What? You're not a member? JOIN TODAY.

Music from this week's show: Shot With His Own Gun by Elvis Costello


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Oct 04 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #8: 460. Buying Greenland?

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Hey, don't laugh -- we could do it (and another President reportedly thought about it too). So yes, we discuss that, a troubled Congressional trip to the Holy Land, the great Kevin Williamson on his new book The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in an Age of Mob Politics, and the WSJ's Bill McGurn on the turmoil in Hong Kong (he knows the city well -- he lived for ten years. Also, how did the name Ricochet come to land upon this blessed website? You'll have to tune in for the answer to that one.

Music from this week's show: Fight the Power by Public Enemy


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Aug 16 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #9: 455. Triumph of The Will

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This week, we're fortunate to be able to access the deep mind of one of the country's great thinkers and writers, George Will on the occasion of his new book, The Conservative SensibilityWe conduct a long and wide-ranging conversation with him covering everything from the meaning of conservatism, President powers, progressive regulation, and much more. Take our advice: pour yourself a tall, cool drink, put on the earbuds and take this one in. Also, next week is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Was it a good use of government spending or a boondoggle? We debate. And finally, James talks a bit about the passing of a great American: Ralph J. Lileks.

Music from this week's show: Keep Me In Your Heart by Warren Zevon


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Jul 12 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #10: 464. Debate The Debate

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This week, Bolton bolts, we debate the debate with The Washington Post's Henry Olsen, kick around the culture with The Atlantic's Andrew Ferguson, we've got a new Long Poll question for you (but you have to be a Ricochet member to vote), Lileks awards the coveted Member Post of The Week, and some thoughts on the 18th anniversary of 9/11.

Music from this week's show: My City of Ruins by Bruce Springsteen


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Sep 13 2019

1hr 8mins

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